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ISBN-10: 022661686X
ISBN-13: 9780226616865
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 10/07/2021
Dimensions: 8.58" L, 5.67" W, 1.02" H

Speaking the Truth about Oneself: Lectures at Victoria University, Toronto, 1982

Editor: Henri-Paul Fruchaud
Editor: Daniele Lorenzini
Translator: Daniel Louis Wyche

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Now in paperback, this collection of Foucault’s lectures traces the historical formation and contemporary significance of the hermeneutics of the self.

Just before the summer of 1982, French philosopher Michel Foucault gave a series of lectures at Victoria University in Toronto. In these lectures, which were part of his project of writing a genealogy of the modern subject, he is concerned with the care and cultivation of the self, a theme that becomes central to the second, third, and fourth volumes of his History of Sexuality. Foucault had always been interested in the question of how constellations of knowledge and power produce and shape subjects, and in the last phase of his life, he became especially interested not only in how subjects are formed by these forces but in how they ethically constitute themselves.

In this lecture series and accompanying seminar, Foucault focuses on antiquity, starting with classical Greece, the early Roman empire, and concluding with Christian monasticism in the fourth and fifth centuries AD. Foucault traces the development of a new kind of verbal practice–“speaking the truth about oneself”–in which the subject increasingly comes to be defined by its inner thoughts and desires. He deemed this new form of “hermeneutical” subjectivity important not just for historical reasons, but also due to its enduring significance in modern society.

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"This is a crucial text in the development of Foucault's ideas about technologies of the self and the question of parresia, especially for his contrast of Greco-Roman antiquity and early Christianity. Particularly notable is that as well as a partial record of his Toronto lectures, this volume also includes a rare record of how he conducted his seminars. Skillfully edited from surviving materials, this is a valuable addition to our understanding of Foucault's final projects."–Stuart Elden, University of Warwick
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Details

ISBN-10: 022661686X
ISBN-13: 9780226616865
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 10/07/2021
Dimensions: 8.58" L, 5.67" W, 1.02" H
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